Cannabis vapors on the black market appear to contain hydrogen cyanide amid health panic after 13 deaths from mysterious e-cigs illness
- Eighteen cartridges containing THC, the most important psychoactive substance in marijuana, were tested
- Three that were purchased from legal pharmacies contained no heavy metals or pesticides
- Thirteen of the 15 purchased from unauthorized dealers contain vitamin E, which causes lung damage by inhalation and myclobutanil
- Myclobutanil is a pesticide that can turn into hydrogen cyanide when burned, a chemical that causes the oxygen level to fall and lead to death within a few minutes
- The CDC says that 805 people in the US have confirmed or probable cases of vape-related diseases and that 13 people have been confirmed dead in 10 states
Cannabis vapen pens purchased on the black market were found to contain hydrogen cyanide.
NBC News reported that they had ordered a test of 18 vapen cartridges with THC, the most important psychoactive substance found in marijuana.
Three cartridges were purchased from legal pharmacies in California and they were found to contain no heavy metals or pesticides.
But of the 15 that were purchased from unauthorized dealers, 13 contained the Vitamin E solvent, which was found to cause serious lung damage when inhaled.
Myclobutanil was also found, a pesticide that can turn into hydrogen cyanide when burned – a chemical that can lead to fatal suffocation within a few minutes.
It comes on the heels of the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the range of vape-related diseases that have affected the nation, killing 13 Americans and over 800 becoming ill.
Cannabis pinning pens purchased from unlicensed dealers can contain myclobutanil, a pesticide that can turn into hydrogen cyanide during combustion – causing fatal asphyxiation (file image)
& # 39; You certainly don't want to smoke cyanide & # 39 ;, said Antonio Frazier, vice president of the activities of CannaSafe, the company that tested the products, to NBC News.
& # 39; I don't think anyone would buy a cart with the hydrogen cyanide label on it. & # 39;
Hydrogen cyanide, also known as hydrocyanic acid, is a highly volatile liquid that is colorless or light blue.
It lowers oxygen levels in almost every organ in the body, including the brain, heart, and lungs, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Hydrogen cyanide is rapidly absorbed by the lungs and can result in death within a few minutes if no additional oxygen is administered.
David Downs, Leafly's office chief, a cannabis website, told NBC News that many of these black market vapors are entering the US from China.
& # 39; This all starts in China, where you can get the empty cartridges for both the THC market and the nicotine market, as well as the additives, flavorings and thickeners that are placed in these cartridges next to the THC oil, & # 39; Downs said.
The CDC revealed on Thursday that the national death toll from mysterious vape-related diseases has risen to 13.
805 confirmed and probable cases were reported starting Friday, an increase of 52 percent over the 530 reported last week with diseases reported in almost every state.
Two people were killed in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon and one in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri.
While the majority of patients said they had evaporated THC before they became ill, others said they had only evaporated nicotine.
Since the disease started to appear in the summer, several states have taken measures to hopefully prevent more cases.
Michigan and New York have temporarily banned flavored e-cigarettes and Massachusetts has stopped selling all e-cigarettes over the next four months.
Illinois is currently legislating to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
On Wednesday, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Ned Sharpless testified before the conference that the agency should do & # 39; more & # 39; to stop death.
Sharplesss said the FDA flavored e-cigarettes will not be & # 39; banned & quot; but will soon finalize rules to force companies to take these products off the market until they have gone ahead and are lit green by the pre-market approval process from the FDA.
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